Let's get something out in the open. Yes, Ansel Adams made technical discoveries in regard to lighting and in photographing the moon. No, I'm not a big fan of his work. So, yeah, maybe I'm making enemies, but if they're buying framed Adams prints from Bed, Bath and Beyond, I gotta say I don't care. With respect to the photographic advances he ushered in, typical landscapes--while being fantastic distractions in a medical office--are typically boring. And this explains why Landscape??? at Photographs Do Not Bend, 3115 Routh St., really gets me excited. Artists such as Michael Kenna, John Albok, Edward Curtis, Mariana Yampolsky and others include far more than trees and mountains in their compositions. Try realistic, modern and a little stunning--pieces that cite power plants smoking, sidewalk chalk galleries, explosions and even Tupperware in their aesthetic landscapes. Ten bucks says you could find an Adams calendar in seconds on the Internet. Ten also says you'll walk out of PDNB's Friday opener from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a whole new idea of what "natural" and "picturesque" really are. The exhibit continues through March 6. Call 214-969-1852. --Merritt Martin
Any short-story writer worth his salt knows TC Boyle, the author of such endlessly anthologized works as "Greasy Lake," an alternately funny and harrowing tale of two teen bruisers inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song "Spirit of the Night." Of course, in the two decades since that story's publication, Boyle has proven himself a master of many forms; his latest novel, Drop City, was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award (he lost to Shirley Hazzard's The Great Fire). On February 1, Boyle will offer his insight, wisdom and wit as part of the Writer's Garret and KERA's Writer's Studio, an exclusive interview that takes place at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St. Tickets are $32 or $28 for KERA members. Call 214-871-3300. --Sarah Hepola
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A party gone to the dogs
The Chinese calendar may say 2004 is the year of the monkey, but on the Dallas theater scene, it's always the year of the dog. Kitchen Dog Theater, which this season has produced hit shows such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Much Ado About Nothing and May's The New Works Festival, is taking its production skills offstage Saturday at the Hooch and Pooch Gala, which features music by DJ Mr. Rid, "sips and nibbles" and raffle prizes such as a Vespa scooter and original artwork. Dogs are hip. Just ask Scooby, Snoopy or the bejeweled fuzzball peeking from his designer carrying case. The pre-party is at Stolik, 2816 Fairmount St., beginning at 7:30 p.m. And the Hooch and Pooch Gala follows at 9 p.m. at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Tickets are $55 to $100. Dress to impress. Call 214-953-1055 or visit www.kitchendog.com. --Stephanie Durham
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